Booklist: Children's Books about Mountains and Volcanoes

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Mountains are areas of land that are elevated higher than the land around them, usually formed  over millions of years. Volcanoes are openings in the Earth’s crust that can let out gasses, ash and lava. From the mightiest of mountains to the most vicious volcanoes, we've put together a list of recommended children's books for budding explorers to find out more about our awesome Earth. Look out for snow-capped adventures, mountain-side flora and fauna, ancient eruption escapes and elevated animal rescues in our hand-picked selection of favourite children's books about mountains and volcanoes...

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Escape from Pompeii
Christina Balit
Picturebook

Escape from Pompeii tells the story of a young boy called Tranio who lives in Pompeii at the time of the famous eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79.  This captivating picture book allows readers to follow the footsteps of Tranio and his friend Livia as they come to terms with the destruction of their city and find their own routes to freedom. There is also an accompanying KS2History Planning Pack available.

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The Abominables
Eva Ibbotson
Chapter book

Another novel on the theme of mountains, but this one is a more light-hearted choice, popular with lower KS2. Full of humour and imagination, this laugh-out-loud book tells the story of a young woman who is kidnapped by the Yetis of the Himalayan Mountains and given the tasks of bringing up their unruly children. Although this book is very funny, it also carries a strong message about caring for our planet. 

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Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Kathy Furgang
Non-fiction

This non-fiction text is part of the National Geographic 'Everything' series and is full of high quality photographs and incredible facts that will build a picture of just how powerful volcanoes and earthquakes can really be. 

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Highest Mountain, Deepest Ocean
Kate Baker & Page Tsou
Non-fiction

Do you know how tall the tallest mountain on Earth is? Or how deep the deepest ocean goes? Do you know which creature was the largest to ever live? Or how old the oldest tree is?

Learn all this and more in this exquisite book of comparisons. Page Tsou's extraordinarily detailed illustrations have a lithograph aesthetic that is at once vintage and contemporary.

A gorgeous Big Picture Press title that will fill readers with wonder at the world we live in.

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Ratty's Big Adventure
Lara Hawthorne
Picturebook

In this beautifully illustrated picture book from Lara Hawthorne, a mysterious creature from a secluded volcano crater explores the outside world for the very first time . . . but is it not what he expects it to be! Will his adventure teach him there is no place like home?

 Inspired by the recent scientific breakthroughs of Mount Bosavi, in which over 40 new species of animals and plants were identified, Lara Hawthorne seamlessly combines story and fact in this picture book which celebrates the diversity of life.

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World Feature Focus: Mountains
Rebecca Kahn
Non-fiction

Explore ten of the world's most awesome mountain ranges. From the Rockies to the the Great Dividing Range, discover some of the most famous and important mountain ranges on the planet. Zoom in on their most interesting features, with the help of engaging artwork and key information. Each mountian range 'profile' is accompanied by unique illustrations and clear photos.

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King of the Cloud Forests
Michael Morpurgo
Chapter book

If you are looking for a gripping novel  on the theme of mountains, this one could be for you. This story, from the popular children's author Michael Morpurgo, recounts the perilous journey of Ashley and his Uncle Sung across the Himalayan Mountains as they battle for survival.

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Mountains of the World
Dieter Braun
Non-fiction

Journey to the highest peaks and plateaus of planet Earth...but make sure to bring your climbing gear! Take a closer look at the mountains of the world, from the Alps to the Andes to the peaks of the Himalayas. Meet the animals and people who make their homes on rocky peaks, as well as the adventurers and athletes who challenge these great heights. This richly illustrated book is packed with history and facts about the mountains of the world and all their wonders.

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Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay
Alexandra Stewart & Joe Todd-Stanton
Non-fiction

With a beautiful foreword by the greatest living explorer of our time, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, this brilliant book combines fresh and contemporary illustrations by Joe Todd-Stanton with Alexandra Stewart's captivating writing and publishes in time to celebrate the centenary of Edmund Hillary's birth. This unique narrative tells the story of how Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made their mark on the world from birth right up to their final days and the impact they've had on Nepal today.


For more on Mount Everest, you may also like Flying Eye book's stunning hardback information text on Everest. 

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Pop-Up Volcano
Tom Vaillant
Pop-up non-fiction

Open this book and step into the fiery world of volcanoes! Find out why they erupt, what scientists can learn from them and which animals call them home. Explore volcanoes at the bottom of the sea, gaze upon the volcanoes of Mars, and travel back in time to find out what happened to the city of Pompeii...

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Bigfoot Mountain
Roderick O'Grady
Chapter book

Set in North America, this is the story of Minnie and her step-Dad Dan, who still live in the remote cabin where she was born at the foothills of the pine-forested mountain. One day Minnie sets off up the mountain with her friend Billy to search for the forest fire that has been raging on the other side of the mountain, only to find instead a set of huge footprints that could only belong to one thing… a sasquatch (an ape-like creature from North American folklore, also known as a bigfoot)!

The story sensitively explores the process of bereavement while also balancing the differing views of two different 'peoples' by telling the story from the dual perspectives of Minnie and a juvenile Sasquatch, Kaayii, with their ancient culture and beliefs so closely entwined with nature.

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Into the Volcano
Jess Butterworth
Chapter book

Set on top of a super volcano, this is an adventure about coming to terms with grief, letting go of anger at the world and finding hope and joy in the most unexpected of places.

Vivi and Seb live halfway across the world from each other, living completely separate lives, until a terrible event unexpectedly makes their paths collide. When they meet at a memorial and put together a plan to make things better, it becomes a race for survival as they try and find their way out of the wilderness.

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The Brockenspectre
Linda Newbery
Chapter book

This is the story of Tomas, whose father is a climbing guide in the Swiss mountains. When his father disappears, Tomas worries that a mountain monster called the Brockenspectre might be at work and sets about to brave the treacherous mountain terrains to find his father before it is too late. Covering themes of family relationships and grief, this is a gripping story for upper KS2.  

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When the Mountains Roared
Jess Butterworth
Chapter book

A vivid, warm and atmospheric adventure set in the mountains of India, about a girl who is determined to protect the wild leopards of the mountain from poachers.

When Ruby's dad uproots her from Australia to set up a hotel in the mountains of India, Ruby is devastated. Not only are they living in a run-down building in the middle of the wilderness surrounded by scorpions, bears and leopards, but Ruby is sure that India will never truly feel like home. But then the last remaining leopards of the mountain are threatened and everything changes. Ruby vows to do all she can to protect them - if she can only overcome her fears...

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Volcanoes
Izzy Howell
Non-fiction

Learn about volcanoes and find out how they form, where they are most likely to be and how scientists study them through diagrams and case studies.
Fact Planet is a lively, information-filled geography series, packed full of colourful illustrations, clear explanations and fun quizzes to test your knowledge. The eye-catching flat illustrations combined with occasional photos bring geography and environmental issues to life.

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Mountains (World of Wonder)
Charlotte Guillain & Chris Madden
Non-fiction

This lyrical picture book shines a light on our planet's fragile mountain ecosystems, from the Himalayan jumping spider to stealthy snow leopard,gently covering important topics such as global warming and the impact of humans on the natural world. Running through the book are themes of the interdependency of the species, habitats, the food web, and the importance of maintaining the delicate balance between creatures in mountain habitats around the world.

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